After the quality of Hanes briefs went down so badly (the elastic cracks and loses all elesicity after only a few washings) I was on a hunt for new briefs.
Years ago, I only bought Calvin Klein briefs and found them to be the best.
Then, becoming more frugal as time went by, I tried a bunch of cheapies and I found Hanes to be the best of the low priced briefs.
THEN, Hanes cheapened the elastic SO badly that I had to throw away a batch I bought due to the elastic becoming brittle, crackiing and losing ALL elasticity while the rest of the briefs were in great shape.
Been using the SAME washing machine on regular cycle with warm water.
The SAME dryer on the "auto-sense" cycle that senses when the clothes are dry.
Both machines are Estate by Whirlpool machines that are 15 years old.
I've been using the SAME liquid Tide detergent and NEVER used bleach.
So, doing away with the variable of the machines and the detergent, I am certain that Hanes cheapened the quality of the elastic. (I still have OLD Hanes briefs where the elastic is fine)
So, the search was on. I bought the following at the same time here on Amazon:
1 package of Jockey Men's Underwear Classic Full Rise Brief - 6 Pack. I wear a Large in all other brands but since these come in waist size, I bought what I was told by Jockey which was a size 36 waist which is supposed to be the equivalent to a Large. Price - $36.00 or 6 bucks per brief
1 package of Calvin Klein Men's Underwear Cotton Classics 4 Pack Briefs. Size Large. Price $26.95 so that's $6.74 per brief.
1 pack of Fruit of the Loom Men's Breathable Brief Assorted Colors (Pack of 4). Size Large, $12.99 so that's $3.24 per brief.
SIZE: The Jockey's were the SMALLEST, then came the Calvin Klein which are about an inch bigger and then the Fruit of the Loom which are even bigger than the Calvin Klein.
So, the smallest is the Jockey's, next is the Calvin Klein's and then the Fruit of the Loom.
The elastic is about the same quality on all three brands.
The material is about the same on all three brands.
I just washed all three packages of all three brands of brand new briefs to check the size after washing. I never wear anything right out of the package before washing.
SO,, believe it or not, I find the Fruit of the Loom to be the best of the three. ESPECIALLY for the price.
The Calvin Klein are good, but NOT as good as the Calvins I bought years ago. The price for this quality is a joke.
The Jockey's come in last for size, quality and price.
Pleasant surprise for me that I tried the Fruit of the Loom after all these years.
Not that the Fruit of the Loom are so great, it's more that the name brands like Jockey and Calvin Klein lowered their quality but not the price.
TOTALLY forget about Hanes. What a shame that had to throw out a drawer full of Hanes that look like new but the elastic rendered them totally useless.
I'm sticking with Fruit of the Loom.